I have FINALLY put together most of our itinerary but have some questions and would LOVE some guidance! We are 2 couples in our late 40’s/early 50’s from North Carolina, very active, LOVE great food/drinks/dancing J We have never been to Hawaii before and are splitting our trip between Oahu and Maui. See my proposed itinerary below. Please feel free to offer ANY suggestions. As always, thank you SO MUCH!
Places we would like to see in Oahu if we have time: Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, North Shore, Bishop Museum, Ilona Palace, Punchbowl
10/24 - Thursday night - arrive 5:49pm into HNL (after leaving the east coast @ 7am), pick up our rental car then check into Moana Surfrider, drinks and light dinner @ hotel bar or @ Hula Grill if not exhausted
Friday – Hike Diamond Head in am, (? Should we change this to Saturday in order to visit the farmers market), lunch @ ??; pool/snorkel in afternoon. Drinks with music/hula dancers @ HWAK @ 5pm, Dinner @ Dukes
Saturday – Pearl Harbor in am (plan to get 1st tickets), Lunch @ Surf Lanai @ Royal Hawaiian or shrimp truck at North Shore; afternoon drive/explore North Shore, late afternoon drinks under the Banyon Tree @ our hotel; Dinner @ Helenas (for authentic) or Alan Wong’s for something nicer (latest reviews don’t sound great… maybe we should try somewhere else?)
Sunday – Maybe lazy morning, or Bishop Museum or Ilona Palace, lunch @ ??; be @ HNL by 1:45 pm, flight to Maui (HA334) @ 3:16pm, arrive Kahului OGG @ 3:53pm, pick up rental car and drive to the Grand Wailea, Dinner @ Humuhumu or Moneypod
Monday – Road to Hana (RTH) , leave ~ 7 am, get gas & snacks for the cooler in Paia; Lunch @ Mama’s Fish House, Dinner @ Moneypod Kitchen
Tuesday – “Resort day”, rent standup paddle board early in am; spa (book couples massage), snorkel, pool time, reading, etc…. Lunch @ Coconuts, Dinner @ ? Lahaina Grill if we want to drive to Lahaina
Wednesday – Trilogy snorkeling tour – Lanai vs Molokini….Lunch on boat , Dinner @ ?
Thursday – Resort in am, then head upcountry for the afternoon; Lunch @ Kula Lodge or O’o farms, Pacific’O; sunset at Haleakala (sunset is supposed to be ~ 6:15, how long will it take to get back to our hotel?) Dinner @ Spago
Friday - Explore the west…. Lahaina/Napili/Kapalua; Lunch @ Sure thing burgers or Teddys for burgers or Star Noodle; Dinner @ Merriman’s for early dinner and sunset….
11/2 - Saturday – Can’t quite figure out what to do with this “last day”… don’t want to waste it waiting to go to the airport….. flight home doesn’t leave OGG until 11:30pm. I have read multiple posts but am still unsure of what to do. I thought we might swim, snorkel, etc at the hotel and maybe have an afternoon spa appt (then we could use their showers) and have a late dinner at Mama’s but wonder if you have other ideas. I’d love to have a FUN last day!